Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Review: 'Death Toll Rising' by Terry Keys

Texas author Terry Keys has published four novels MAXIMUM GUILT, GAMES OF GUILT, CHARINED GUILT, an anthology THE MURDER FILES and now DEATH TOTAL RISING, and in doing so he has added another impressive character to the world of mysteries his Detective David Porter. Terry is also a songwriter, and poet. He has experience working in law enforcement and corrections and in the oil and gas industry. He also writes for

Terry’s grasp of the suspense/thriller/mystery genre grows with each new novel he writes. His prose is pungent, immersing, and as straight-ahead propelled as his subject matter demands. In his magnetizing Prologue we are given a hint of the terror ahead – ‘Al Jazeera just posted a 750-page dossier of a supposedly leaked U.S. military operation. It claims the United States government hatched a plan to kill all the leaders here for the Summit one by one. Akio Yoshida was named as the first to die. There are names, places, details of secret meetings that allegedly took place over the last five years. It’s complex, and at first glance it looks pretty damning.’

On the author’s website the following excellent synopsis is offered – ‘When world leaders gather to attend the first Worldwide Religious Summit, no one is prepared for what happens next. On the eve of the Summit Japan’s Prime Minister, Akio Yoshida, falls dead in Houston’s Chinatown, and the eyes of the world descend on the city. His final moments streamed live on social media for the world to see. The broadcast includes a chilling death threat for the remaining world leaders and the unfathomable accusation that America is behind the assassination. As shockwaves ripple across the globe, the FBI summons HPD Detective David Porter and his team to investigate and restore order to the chaos. But is this nightmare more than Houston’s finest detective can handle? Paralyzed by fear, the world watches as life as we know it hangs delicately in the balance. Can the threat of global destruction be averted? No one wants to watch . . . but they can’t look away.’

Sadly Terry’s novel seems strangely timely with all of the world events so razor sharp at present. This is a novel to read not only because it is fine entertainment, but it also suggests a bit of prophecy…Terry Keys is taking his place in the lineup of important authors of today. Grady Harp, June 17

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